recording of Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich, translated by Grace Warrack.
Read by David Barnes
Julian of Norwich (c. November 8, 1342 – c. 1416) is considered to be one of the greatest English mystics. Little is known of her life aside from her writings. Even her name is uncertain, the name “Julian” coming from the Church of St Julian in Norwich, where she occupied a cell adjoining the church as an anchoress.
At the age of thirty, suffering from a severe illness and believing she was on her deathbed, Julian had a series of intense visions. (They ended by the time she overcame her illness on May 13, 1373). These visions would twenty years later be the source of her major work, called Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love (circa 1393). This is believed to be the first book written by a woman in the English language. Julian became well known throughout England as a spiritual authority.
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November 13, 2010
Lovely reading of of a classic of Christian spirituality
Julian's profound insights into the ineffable reality of her mystical experience of the human within the divine and the divine within the human has made this work a classic of the Christian faith--this despite the the fact that a number of her ideas were considered controversial, even heretical, by her contemporaries, including her belief in the motherhood (as well as fatherhood) of God and Christ, and a God incapable of wrath.
David Barnes sensitive and nuanced reading of the complete work greatly enhances our appreciation and understanding of this classic. I will definitely look for more of his narrations. Thank you so much, David--you have succeeded in making this sometimes difficult work quite accessible to the ordinary listener.